Play-By-Playmate: Power Rankings

By Jaime Edmondson

Jaime breaks barriers this week with her cross sport power rankings.

I’m gonna try a little experiment here with my cross sport Playmate Power Rankings. It’s one thing to rank teams in one sport but I’m going break some barriers (something I’ve never been afraid to do) and rank the big four’s best teams against one another. Take that ESPN.

  1. New York Giants   

I grew up a giants fan. The first game I ever went to was a Giants-Bucs game so I’m pretty happy to see that no team has more momentum than these guys. I mean any team left standing in the NFL has some momentum but as far as power rankings go, these guys take the cake. They barely made playoffs, beat Atlanta by 22 points and knocked off the defending champion Packers. They’ve got the “no one thought we could do this” underdog thing going for them and proved yesterday that they aren’t just a fluke like some other teams I could mention. Cough Broncos cough.

  1. Chicago Bulls

Five in a row at home, 12-3 in their last 15? That my friends, is what you call a hot streak. With their next five games against teams with .500 records or worse, I fully expect it to continue.

  1. San Francisco 49ers

I had goose bumps the whole time the Niners/Saints game was on. I have goose bumps right now just thinking about it. That game was one of the best I’ve ever seen. My only problem now is that they’re going to play the G-Men next week which puts me between a rock and hard place. I guess you’ll just have to check out my Picks-in-Pics on Twitter to find out who I’m rooting for.

  1. Boston Bruins

As far as goalie tandems go, the Bruins have got it figured out with Thomas and Rask. They started off a little slow, but caught fire in November (not losing a game in regulation) and haven’t stopped since. They have the highest goals for, the lowest goals against and are just three points back of the league leaders.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder

As I said earlier this month in my NBA Christmas column, I think the Thunder are going far this season. They’ve won six in a row in a new year, are 11-2 and have that swagger about them that says they know they’re good. My only complaint (and it’s hard to complain about a team doing this well) is that they have to pick it up on defense. Kevin Durant is not going to drop thirty on you every night.

  1. Los Angeles Angels

As much money as my Marlins shelled out this season, I think the Angels are at the top of the heap in terms of talent. Throwing C.J. Wilson in with Dan Haren and Jered Weaver spells trouble for any team with a weak lineup and they kind of added insult to injury taking him away from a division rival. I think that rotation backed by the bat of Albert Pujols makes them an early season favorite for the West.

  1. St. Louis Blues

There were a few teams I might have considered in the NHL (Nashville has won five in row, Ottawa is 8-1-1) but I think the Blues are doing the most with the least. They’re 5-0-1 in their last six and have moved up to third in team defense. They’re also playing, in what my opinion is, the league’s toughest division and are ahead of both Nashville and Detroit. That’s saying something.

  1. Tampa Bay Rays

The Yankees didn’t make the cut this week despite their blockbuster trade with the Mariners. If you look at their division, it’s the Rays who have assembled the most young talent and they’ve done it without making a big stink in the free agent pool like the Yankees always do. They have the best front office in baseball, the best manager in Joe Maddon and as far as I’m concerned the soon to be best rotation in the league.


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